World War Z

World War Z


Max Brooks

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Gavin Blaire Character Analysis

A blimp pilot, Blaire describes the scenes of panic and chaos that he witnessed as he flew over American freeways. People were desperate to get away from infested places and had packed their families and belongings into cars and started driving away, only to get stuck in traffic jams as zombie hordes made their way down the stalled cars. Blaire says that in their terror, these people hadn’t realized that there was nowhere to run to—they were headed from one infested zone to another, and probably would have been safer had they stayed in their houses. Blaire’s account shows that the crisis in America had become very serious, and that desperate citizens suffered tragically.

Gavin Blaire Quotes in World War Z

The World War Z quotes below are all either spoken by Gavin Blaire or refer to Gavin Blaire. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Humanity vs. Monstrosity Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Three Rivers edition of World War Z published in 2006.
Chapter 3: The Great Panic Quotes

The swarm continued among the cars, literally eating its way up the stalled lines, all those poor bastards just trying to get away. And that’s what haunts me most about it, they weren’t headed anywhere. This was the I-80, a strip of highway between Lincoln and North Platte. Both places were heavily infested, as well as all those little towns in between. What did they think they were doing? Who organized this exodus? Did anyone? Did people see a line of cars and join them without asking? I tried to imagine what it must have been like, stuck bumper to bumper, crying kids, barking dog, knowing what was coming just a few miles back, and hoping, praying that someone up ahead knows where he’s going.

Related Characters: Gavin Blaire (speaker)
Related Symbols: Zombies
Page Number: 69
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Gavin Blaire Character Timeline in World War Z

The timeline below shows where the character Gavin Blaire appears in World War Z. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3: The Great Panic
Fear Theme Icon
The Fragility of Privilege and Modern Life Theme Icon
The Cost of War Theme Icon
Parnell Air National Guard Base: Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Gavin Blaire used to pilot a Fujifilm blimp as a civilian, but now pilots a D-17 combat... (full context)
Chapter 5: Home Front USA
Humanity vs. Monstrosity Theme Icon
The Fragility of Privilege and Modern Life Theme Icon
Parnell Air National Guard Base, Tennessee. Gavin Blaire takes the narrator to meet his squadron commander, Colonel Christina Eliopolis, who has a reputation... (full context)